Katrina McCarty fundraiser

$9,000 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 146 people in 32 months
Brian McCarty  LEOMINSTER, MA
As most of you are aware, my sister Katrina McCarty was involved in a tragic accident on Sunday 3/23/14... This accident has left her with severe injuries and head trauma. She remains in critical condition and in a coma. If you feel it in your hearts to donate to this fund, please do. Katrina is an incredibly hard-working mother who does all that she can to provide for her children. Of course, her bills will continue to come-in while she is in recovery which has been predicted to be at least 6 months. While she is in recovery we would like to see to it that the only thing she has to worry about is her health. Please be assured that all funds will go fully and directly to provide for Katrina and her children (Isabella, Eva, and Daniel). If this is something that you are not able to do, please know that we completely understand. We just ask that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers... Katrina and her children need all the support and love that they can get during this time. Thank~you so much and please share.

Amy A. Strickland and McCarty Family
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Update 4
Posted by Brian McCarty
31 months ago
Update on Katrina's status...

Katrina continues to slowly make gains. She is still unable to communicate at this time. She reacts to stimuli and is now responding to simple commands but not consistently. She seems to be aware of us when we visit but again it is difficult to gauge exactly how much she understands at this time. Her body is slowly healing also. Her right leg has had extensive surgery and damage. She will require a back brace for the next approximate 4 to 5 months for multiple spine fractures but they are healing well. She is still unable to eat and has feeding tubes. Katrina also has a trach but they are considering removing it within the next few weeks as her lungs seem to be healing nicely. She is going for a head ct scan today which will give us more information on her condition. (brain inflammation, eyes, facial bones, nerve damage, etc) and they will be able to compare to prior ct scan.


Her injuries are very complex so it is difficult to cover every aspect of recovery. She is receiving OT, PT, Speech, pulmonary care, neuro, dietary... The staff is very pleased with her progress thus far considering the extensive injuries and short amount of time post injury (which of course seems like an eternity to all of us) Katrina has been getting out of bed with full assistance of PT and tolerates sitting in a tilt in space wheel chair for brief periods of time, they also had her on a tilt board in standing position for 15 minutes (yesterday only being her second time) and she tolerated it well. Just being able to get her out of bed is a huge step for Katrina.

Katrina has a very long road ahead but I am confident in her strength and recovery. This has been extremely difficult for all of us... it certainly puts things in perspective as to what is truly important in life. I can never seem to eloquently express my deepest appreciation and gratitude for all the donations, thoughts, prayers and love that have been given for my sister. It means everything to us. Please continue to keep Katrina and her children close in your heart. My hope is that people will still donate to this cause as it will be a much longer road than predicted (at least a year from last report via medical staff). The monies raised will make a huge difference to Katrina and her children and again if the gift of donation is something that you are unable to do please know we understand and appreciate the love and care shown.

With much gratitude,

Amy A. Strickland & the McCarty Family
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Update 3
Posted by Brian McCarty
32 months ago
Update... Katrina was transferred from UMass to Spaulding rehabilitation center in Cambridge... We fought extremely hard to get her into this facility thinking it was best suited to fit all of her needs at this time... respiratory, head trauma, ortho, and pulmonary. We are extremely grateful... I have not had the chance to see her myself as I have been busy handling a lot of matters from the sidelines and of course taking care of Eva and Bro. (Eva has been sick also) So I cannot speak to how she is doing first hand. However, I am in constant contact with nursing staff. Transfer was difficult for her and she spiked yet another fever and is having some lung difficulty (blood tests are in the works) She seems to be having a better day today per nursing staff and was resting "peacefully" when I spoke to them this morning. My family went yesterday and were very pleased with both her care and the facility... Katrina was not alert but I am assuming the transfer took a lot out of her. I will post another update soon. Thank~you for all of your love and support... Please continue with the prayers and positive thoughts. Katrina needs them... and I know she can feel them... also keep her children close in your hearts... ~(Bella, Eva, and Bro...)~

With sincere gratitude,

Amy A. McCarty & Family Xx
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Update 2
Posted by Brian McCarty
32 months ago
Update on Katrina... From the time of this horrific event Katrina continues to make slow and steady progress. She has had the brain shunt removed and has been weaned off the ventilator... She does however, require a trach tube at the moment. They have fixed all the fractured bones in her face and had a delicate surgery around her left eye as well as surgery on her left leg which was quite extensive. Katrina also has fractured ribs, punctured lungs, lacerated liver, fractured spine, multiple skin lacerations and road rash... All surgeries have gone extremely well. Her condition at present remains critical but stable. She is fighting very hard to clear her lungs and breathing can be very labored at times... What I hear most from the medical staff is that she is "Very strong" and "Holding her own"... Katrina has been opening her eyes and seems to be aware that we are with her when we visit. She continues to respond to stimuli and now has shown some purposeful movement. She has not yet been able to respond to commands. She continues to spike fevers but the staff is doing a remarkable job as is Katrina herself. I just know she is doing her very best to get back to us and her children. I would like to thank each and every one of you who are praying, sending positive thoughts, and love to my sister. As for my family and myself we are absolutely devastated but we are all doing our best to remain strong. We would also like to thank all of you so very much for your generous donations... at times all we can do is cry when we read the kind words and wishes that we know are coming straight from the heart. Just know we appreciate your support and your words more than could ever be expressed... I wish I could more appropriately put our gratitude into words but please know it means the world to all of us...

Amy Strickland & The McCarty Family
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Update 1
Posted by Brian McCarty
32 months ago
An update on Katrina's health: She is not awake yet, but she is making a lot of small improvements. The pressure on her brain has gone down considerably, and they were able to take her off of the ventilator so she is now breathing on her own. It says a lot about you by the people you keep in your corner. Thank you so much for your support and prayers! If she is stable enough she will be going back into surgery today- please keep her in your thoughts today.
Thank you,
Brian
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Daniel Goldrick
21 months ago

keep fighting honey.

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Brian Gifford
30 months ago

Well, I'm at the end of my poetry streak for you & everyone. At first I was kind of let down & then I realized something. The purpose in writing them for you my friend & everyone, has been fulfilled. I'm not going to force nor conjour up on my own, that which Gods hand isn't part of. I'm so grateful for you & your entire family that you are coming along. Stay tuff & keep pressing forward. You're getting stronger every day!

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Brian Gifford
31 months ago

Like sun ripened fruit on the vine, Loves healing power produced with time...

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Brian Gifford
31 months ago

Happy Mother's Day to you too!

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Brian Gifford
31 months ago

I've been a bit busy my friend & a little distracted. To let you know, you have "Not" been shoved to the wayside. It is time for me to kick it up a knotch or two in my standing with your progress. Get ready for things to get rolling over the next few days! Peace!

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Brian Gifford
31 months ago

"Chicken Noodle Soup" Your world is awaiting so very patiently, to behold once again & eager to see The smile, the life, the light in your eyes, those bright baby blues that pop with surprise Your strength is amazing, each day you fight on, the progress that's made, you're writing a song Loved ones so near you, we won't leave your side, as healing abounds with each passing stride We long for the day, a video to present, you waving hello & a smile well sent What joy it will bring, to each viewers eye, with hands that applaud, a tear of joy that we cry So rest my dear friend, for the time is well near, when we'll hear your voice, so bright & real clear The news that comes bringing the latest scoop, we'll shout out hurray! You're eating "Chicken Noodle Soup!" Brian Gifford - 05/05/14 Cinco de mayo!

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Leslie Crozier
31 months ago

This story broke my heart. I remember you in high school Katrina, beautiful, joyful full of fire and full of life. I saw you always there to help others and a kind generous person. I pray for you old friend. Please get better! Know you are in my thoughts all the time.

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Brian Gifford
32 months ago

"Heavens Crop" Look how far you've come! The hardest part now behind, A new day dawns before you, growing stronger all the time. Hearts all knit together, in a love that is so fine, Journeying onward with you, in this mountain climb. Each step that's taken with each new day, leads closer to the top, We've come so far keep pressing on, no one dare to stop. Hearts all joined in one accord, in prayer that will not drop, Until the promise we behold, His healing, Heavens crop. Brian Gifford - 04/21/14

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Brian Gifford
32 months ago

"The Flower Kissed By God" Howbeit on occasion, a garden in a certain space, A blossom carelessly trampled, disappearing from its place If left unattended, what's there to replace? That bloom that lit the garden, no more to behold its face Then those who eyes do fancy, that flower now on its side All attention drawn to that dear bloom, which the trample tried to hide Reaching down so gently, with love flowing in great stride That flower brought to safety, with the hope it will survive So delicately is set the flower, in a certain special place One where watched by tender care & such love it is embraced Each prayer & tear from those who care, like water in a vase To sustain that wounded blossom, in a wake of Gods sweet grace Then suddenly, it appears, like sun to the morning sky That flower then arises, amazing every eye Tears of concern turn to joy, and every head held high The flower now awaken, relief surrendered with a sigh Then so gallantly it's presented, Oh what a marvelous thing! A vase holding that beautiful bloom, on a table set for a King Hearts all around rejoicing, with joy now do they sing A single flower from a garden, the purpose it did bring Eyes are beaming, heads are raised, with hands we all applaud, The trample that tried to bring some harm, it was surely flawed Now when ears, hear the news, with heads they greatly nod Of a wondrous thing, brought before a King, "The Flower Kissed By God" Brian Gifford - 04/12/14 - This poem is about how God can take a careless incident & make things beautiful once again, not without purpose or lacking significance. Through sensitive, loving & caring people, through the power of His love & Spirit, can display His goodness to all & through all. Though this poem can be applicable in other places for meaning. However, I "Solely" dedicate it to Katrina Negril McCarty, from which God gave me the inspiration to write it for her & believe to be her testimony. ------ Matthew 12:20 Amplified A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering dimly burning wick He will not quench, till He brings justice and a just cause to victory. Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time...

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Brian Gifford
32 months ago

I don't know you personally Katrina. I believe I have some faint memories of a young blonde haired girl in the back seat of your parents car once. You were bobbing around. I grew up in the same town you did & went to school with your brother Brian & sister Amy. Anyways, I just wanted to write you today. For not knowing you, God has placed you on my heart along with so many other wonderful & caring people that I just can't wait for you to read about such love & support that has poured in from day 1. Loving support for both you & your family. I'm looking forward to the days ahead when I hear how much it has touched you so as you read everything. Right now, the progress reports are encouraging & so inspiring. Today, I sensed you had a pretty good day. I found myself while on the road at work, here in Oklahoma, praying for certain specific areas of need that you have at the moment. While praying, I sensed Gods peace. In that peace is where I knew you are in good hands & your day went well. Keep on resting & let your body do it's work in the healing process. Remember, you are loved by so many.

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Lenore Besk Lawrence
32 months ago

I wish I could donate, but at this point all I can offer is prayer and sharing this for more support and prayers. The kids need their mama to get better.She will, she sounds like a fighter. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

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Brian Gifford
32 months ago

Psalm 27:13-14 NIV 13. I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

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Kathy Stamatelopoulos
32 months ago

Hi Katrina we almost have the same name mines Katerina, you don't know me I'm a friend of your sisters Amy that's where I first saw your photo on her Facebook commented on how beautiful you r and how much I love your big black glasses..I have been praying and thinking of you every day please get well soon need to try those glasses on ha ha so hurry ok...see you soon..god bless you.

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Melissa McDonald
32 months ago

Love you girl. Your one of the strongest, most amazing woman I know..that's why I know you will pull through. Thoughts and prayers daily. Love u. So many memories your a rock star.

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Samantha Masone
32 months ago

My mom and I are praying for you Isabele, Eva & Daniel

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Tanya Allain
32 months ago

Saying prayers for you, Katrina! This is such an injustice to you. You are obviously a strong lady to have gotten this far... praying for a full and amazingly quick recovery for you...

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Patrice Pepper
32 months ago

Praying!

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Rich Concepts
32 months ago

Praying for you always Katrina. So good to know you're improving. Stay strong and know that you're very much Loved

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Brian Gifford
32 months ago

Isaiah 43:1 & 2 New Living Translation 1 ...“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

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Shawn Tourigny
32 months ago

Katrina my prayer are all for you and your kids!! Praying for a conmplete recovery you are a fighter and will overcome this tragic incident!!!

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$9,000 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 146 people in 32 months
Created March 26, 2014
$20
Anonymous
31 months ago
LD
$20
Lisa DiMeco
31 months ago

In honor of Mother's Day!! Wishing a speedy recovery and continued healing!

CS
$50
Craig Starrett
31 months ago

I wish you all my best!

$100
Anonymous
31 months ago
$100
Anonymous
31 months ago
RC
$25
Rick Cote
31 months ago
$10
Anonymous
31 months ago
CC
$25
Caren Cunningham
31 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

$10
Anonymous
32 months ago
KB
$100
Kristi Bridge
32 months ago
Daniel Goldrick
21 months ago

keep fighting honey.

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Brian Gifford
30 months ago

Well, I'm at the end of my poetry streak for you & everyone. At first I was kind of let down & then I realized something. The purpose in writing them for you my friend & everyone, has been fulfilled. I'm not going to force nor conjour up on my own, that which Gods hand isn't part of. I'm so grateful for you & your entire family that you are coming along. Stay tuff & keep pressing forward. You're getting stronger every day!

+ Read More
Brian Gifford
31 months ago

Like sun ripened fruit on the vine, Loves healing power produced with time...

+ Read More
Brian Gifford
31 months ago

Happy Mother's Day to you too!

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Brian Gifford
31 months ago

I've been a bit busy my friend & a little distracted. To let you know, you have "Not" been shoved to the wayside. It is time for me to kick it up a knotch or two in my standing with your progress. Get ready for things to get rolling over the next few days! Peace!

+ Read More
Brian Gifford
31 months ago

"Chicken Noodle Soup" Your world is awaiting so very patiently, to behold once again & eager to see The smile, the life, the light in your eyes, those bright baby blues that pop with surprise Your strength is amazing, each day you fight on, the progress that's made, you're writing a song Loved ones so near you, we won't leave your side, as healing abounds with each passing stride We long for the day, a video to present, you waving hello & a smile well sent What joy it will bring, to each viewers eye, with hands that applaud, a tear of joy that we cry So rest my dear friend, for the time is well near, when we'll hear your voice, so bright & real clear The news that comes bringing the latest scoop, we'll shout out hurray! You're eating "Chicken Noodle Soup!" Brian Gifford - 05/05/14 Cinco de mayo!

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Leslie Crozier
31 months ago

This story broke my heart. I remember you in high school Katrina, beautiful, joyful full of fire and full of life. I saw you always there to help others and a kind generous person. I pray for you old friend. Please get better! Know you are in my thoughts all the time.

+ Read More
Brian Gifford
32 months ago

"Heavens Crop" Look how far you've come! The hardest part now behind, A new day dawns before you, growing stronger all the time. Hearts all knit together, in a love that is so fine, Journeying onward with you, in this mountain climb. Each step that's taken with each new day, leads closer to the top, We've come so far keep pressing on, no one dare to stop. Hearts all joined in one accord, in prayer that will not drop, Until the promise we behold, His healing, Heavens crop. Brian Gifford - 04/21/14

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Brian Gifford
32 months ago

"The Flower Kissed By God" Howbeit on occasion, a garden in a certain space, A blossom carelessly trampled, disappearing from its place If left unattended, what's there to replace? That bloom that lit the garden, no more to behold its face Then those who eyes do fancy, that flower now on its side All attention drawn to that dear bloom, which the trample tried to hide Reaching down so gently, with love flowing in great stride That flower brought to safety, with the hope it will survive So delicately is set the flower, in a certain special place One where watched by tender care & such love it is embraced Each prayer & tear from those who care, like water in a vase To sustain that wounded blossom, in a wake of Gods sweet grace Then suddenly, it appears, like sun to the morning sky That flower then arises, amazing every eye Tears of concern turn to joy, and every head held high The flower now awaken, relief surrendered with a sigh Then so gallantly it's presented, Oh what a marvelous thing! A vase holding that beautiful bloom, on a table set for a King Hearts all around rejoicing, with joy now do they sing A single flower from a garden, the purpose it did bring Eyes are beaming, heads are raised, with hands we all applaud, The trample that tried to bring some harm, it was surely flawed Now when ears, hear the news, with heads they greatly nod Of a wondrous thing, brought before a King, "The Flower Kissed By God" Brian Gifford - 04/12/14 - This poem is about how God can take a careless incident & make things beautiful once again, not without purpose or lacking significance. Through sensitive, loving & caring people, through the power of His love & Spirit, can display His goodness to all & through all. Though this poem can be applicable in other places for meaning. However, I "Solely" dedicate it to Katrina Negril McCarty, from which God gave me the inspiration to write it for her & believe to be her testimony. ------ Matthew 12:20 Amplified A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering dimly burning wick He will not quench, till He brings justice and a just cause to victory. Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time...

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Brian Gifford
32 months ago

I don't know you personally Katrina. I believe I have some faint memories of a young blonde haired girl in the back seat of your parents car once. You were bobbing around. I grew up in the same town you did & went to school with your brother Brian & sister Amy. Anyways, I just wanted to write you today. For not knowing you, God has placed you on my heart along with so many other wonderful & caring people that I just can't wait for you to read about such love & support that has poured in from day 1. Loving support for both you & your family. I'm looking forward to the days ahead when I hear how much it has touched you so as you read everything. Right now, the progress reports are encouraging & so inspiring. Today, I sensed you had a pretty good day. I found myself while on the road at work, here in Oklahoma, praying for certain specific areas of need that you have at the moment. While praying, I sensed Gods peace. In that peace is where I knew you are in good hands & your day went well. Keep on resting & let your body do it's work in the healing process. Remember, you are loved by so many.

+ Read More
Lenore Besk Lawrence
32 months ago

I wish I could donate, but at this point all I can offer is prayer and sharing this for more support and prayers. The kids need their mama to get better.She will, she sounds like a fighter. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

+ Read More
Brian Gifford
32 months ago

Psalm 27:13-14 NIV 13. I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

+ Read More
Kathy Stamatelopoulos
32 months ago

Hi Katrina we almost have the same name mines Katerina, you don't know me I'm a friend of your sisters Amy that's where I first saw your photo on her Facebook commented on how beautiful you r and how much I love your big black glasses..I have been praying and thinking of you every day please get well soon need to try those glasses on ha ha so hurry ok...see you soon..god bless you.

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Melissa McDonald
32 months ago

Love you girl. Your one of the strongest, most amazing woman I know..that's why I know you will pull through. Thoughts and prayers daily. Love u. So many memories your a rock star.

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Samantha Masone
32 months ago

My mom and I are praying for you Isabele, Eva & Daniel

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Tanya Allain
32 months ago

Saying prayers for you, Katrina! This is such an injustice to you. You are obviously a strong lady to have gotten this far... praying for a full and amazingly quick recovery for you...

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Patrice Pepper
32 months ago

Praying!

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Rich Concepts
32 months ago

Praying for you always Katrina. So good to know you're improving. Stay strong and know that you're very much Loved

+ Read More
Brian Gifford
32 months ago

Isaiah 43:1 & 2 New Living Translation 1 ...“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

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Shawn Tourigny
32 months ago

Katrina my prayer are all for you and your kids!! Praying for a conmplete recovery you are a fighter and will overcome this tragic incident!!!

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